#TBT Book Review – How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?

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How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?

written by Jane Yolen
illustrated by Mark Teague
Scholastic, Inc., 2009

So? How does he do it? Even after he’s been a naughty dinosaur, he will turn and smile, with a hug and a kiss, and that’s how he says he loves you! And you know, you love him back.

This is a picture book story about unconditional love.

Reading Tub Review Date: April 2010

Why a Throwback Thursday for Book Reviews?

Those of us who blog about books are a community. We read lots of books, we write lots of reviews, and we share those reviews with fellow book lovers and those in search of books for children and teens on our blogs, websites, and via social media.

We write so many reviews that, over time, they get buried by other, newer reviews. BUT! that book we read three years ago will always be new to some reader, somewhere. So why not share that review with a new audience?

Everyone is welcome! Here are the participation guidelines:

  • If you reviewed the same book we’re featuring, add your permalink to the original review on the Reading Tub website or in the InLinkz Linkup.
  • Want to (re)share a review you posted in June 2009, then add your permalink in the InLinkz Linkup. [No, it doesn’t have to be a book you loved; but it does have to be a review you take a lot of pride in.]
  • Add any notes about the review in the comments, please.

 

TBT Book Review – A Nest for Celeste

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Throwback Thursday book review

A Nest for Celeste;
A Story about Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home

written by Henry Cole
illustrated by Henry Cole
Katherine Tegan Books, 2009

Celeste, our narrator, lives under the floorboards of the Oakley Plantation.

This is her story of the the events of the summer of 1821, when John Audubon and his assistant, Joseph Mason, came to sketch and paint the birds in Louisiana.

Thrust from her home by two bully rats and a nasty cat, Celeste builds a nest in a forgotten boot, only to discover it wasn’t forgotten when Joseph put his foot in it! Joseph decides to keep Celeste as his companion, often carrying her around in his pocket. Celeste, in her continual search for a permanent nest, makes several friends along the way.

This is an historical fiction novel about John Audubon woven into the background of a story about friendship.

Reading Tub Review Date: May 2010


Why a Throwback Thursday for Book Reviews?

Those of us who blog about books are a community. We read lots of books, we write lots of reviews, and we share those reviews with fellow book lovers and those in search of books for children and teens on our blogs, websites, and via social media.

We write so many reviews that, over time, they get buried by other, newer reviews. BUT! that book we read three years ago will always be new to some reader, somewhere. So why not share that review with a new audience?

Everyone is welcome! Here are the participation guidelines:

  • If you reviewed the same book we’re featuring, add your permalink to the original review on the Reading Tub website or in the InLinkz Linkup.
  • Want to (re)share a review you posted in June 2009, then add your permalink in the InLinkz Linkup. [No, it doesn’t have to be a book you loved; but it does have to be a review you take a lot of pride in.]
  • Add any notes about the review in the comments, please.

 

Literacy Research News Great for Family Literacy

literacy research findings 2015Our friends at Reading is Fundamental just issued the results of a two-year study, funded by a grant from the Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program.

Read for Success: Combating the Summer Slide in America is enlightening AND a reason to rejoice! Check out the Key Findings from RIF’s literacy research.

  • On average, 57% of students improved their reading proficiency.
  • Nearly half of third graders increased reading proficiency.
  • Students performing below the 10th percentile showed the greatest gains.
  • Even students with strong reading skills, at or above the 90th percentile, increased reading proficiency.
  • Schools with the greatest improvements had a full culture change and strong parental involvement.

RIF calls them “Stunning Key Findings” and we’d have to agree. Yes, many of us knew these facts to be true – but now we have hard data! Two YEARS worth of hard data!

Literacy Research = Better Family Literacy

One of the points of RIF’s literacy research is the importance of engaging parents in the reading circle. That isn’t a new finding, but through the study, RIF identified ways to improve the home-school connection at a critical time: summer.

Family Literacy is our core mission at the Reading Tub. Yes, we get lots of books to at-risk readers. Yes, we review books as a ‘thank you’ to our donors.

But the pivotal focus of our organization is providing parents and caregivers literacy tips and ideas. In ways that make sense to them – or put another way “meets them where they are.”

What the study shows me is that giving parents the tools and giving kids books must walk hand-in-hand. That is what our Family Literacy Integration Project is all about. No longer will you visit the Reading Tub *just* to find a book.

In the new Reading Tub Literacy Portal, every book review comes with age-appropriate, parent-friendly literacy tips and activities.

Just as RIF’s research would not happen without a grant, FLIP cannot happen without funding support, either. Although our Crowdrise page doesn’t show it [because you can’t add offline donations], we have $500 in donations. That’s ten percent of our goal. Help us get to 100% so we, can keep these positive opportunities going.

Thank you, Reading is Fundamental for your commitment to literacy research! The findings are hopeful and inspiring!